Female participation in local government - VLGA/La Trobe University Study

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

An Australian Research Council study investigating the under representation of women in Australian politics is seeking participants willing to share their experiences of deciding to run for local government, and any difficulties they may have faced in doing so. 

Co-led by Associate Professor Andrea Carson at La Trobe University and Associate Professor Leah Ruppanner at University of Melbourne, this important study aims to better understand and address the various obstacles that may exist between women and political representation.

As such, we hope to speak with women who either:

a)    considered standing for local council but didn’t; or

b)    women who initially ran for council but ultimately decided against it.

We hope to hear from women between 20-40 years of age in order to understand why this cohort may not be putting their hand up for council positions.

These discussions will take around 20 minutes and will be scheduled at the convenience of the participant over the next few weeks.

If you are interested in participating and have insights into these questions (or have any further questions), please contact research assistant Liam Fallon at 0407 584 023 or L.Fallon@latrobe.edu.au.